Sonoma in Sonoma County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Blue Wing Inn
Notable guests, according to local tradition, included John C. Fremont, U.S.Grant, Governor Pio Pico, Kit Carson, “Fighting Joe” Hooker, William T. Sherman, Phil Sheridan and members of the Bear Flag Party. Classed among the notorious visitors were Bandit Murietta and “Three-Fingered Jack.”
Erected 1941 by Native Sons of the Golden West. (Marker Number 17.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Landmarks • Notable Buildings • Notable Places • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks, and the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1840.
Location. 38° 17.607′ N, 122° Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 133 East Spain Street, Sonoma CA 95476, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Vasquez House (within shouting distance of this marker); Mission San Francisco Solano (within shouting distance of this marker); The End of the Mission Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Mission San Francisco Solano Sacred Ground (within shouting distance of this marker); Sonoma Barracks (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Raising of the Bear Flag Monument (about 400 feet away); Toscano Hotel (about 400 feet away); The Poppe-Parmelee Building (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sonoma.
Regarding Blue Wing Inn. This building was designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No. 17 on June 1, 1932.
Also see . . .
1. Sonoma State Historic Park. The historic, picturesque town of Sonoma is located in the heart of the beautiful Wine Country between Napa and Santa Rosa off Highway 12. Situated around a central plaza (the largest of its kind in California) filled with charming shops and restaurants, the city is home to Sonoma State Historic Park—site of the northernmost Franciscan Mission in California and birthplace (Submitted on January 14, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.)
2. Sonoma State Historic Park. (Submitted on January 14, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.)
3. Sonoma History and landmarks. Just off the Sonoma Plaza across the street from the Mission is the Blue Wing Inn, the oldest adobe structure visible to the public north of the San Francisco Bay. This long, low adobe building was allegedly the first hotel north of San Francisco. It was built by General M. G. Vallejo circa 1840 to accommodate newcomers and travelers. (Submitted on January 14, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.)
4. California State Parks: The Blue Wing Inn. (Submitted on January 14, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.)
5. Inside the Blue Wing Inn. Sonoma Valley Sun Article by Tim Omarzu, September 21, 2006 (Submitted on January 14, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.)
1. The Blue Wing Inn
A two-room section of this Monterey style adobe was built to house soldiers guarding the old Mission across the way. In 1849, James Cooper and Thomas Spriggs, former British seamen, purchased the property and added the present first and second floors to conduct a combined hotel and saloon known as the Sonoma House, later the Blue
Used as a grocery store and later as a wine cellar, it provided the wine used to put out the fire that destroyed all of First Street East in 1911. Restored in 1947; building acquired by the State of California Department of Parks in 1968.
Source: Sonoma Walking Tour Brochure
— Submitted January 14, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.
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